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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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THOMAS H. CORBETT is the son of Jacob Corbett, Sr., one of the first settlers of the Purchase. He was born on January 8, 1830, in Hickman County, Ky., and received his literary education, chiefly at Clinton, in his native county. In 1843, with his parents, he removed to Ballard County, where he grew to manhood, and there in the meantime he studied law. He began the practice of his profession in Ballard County, continuing until 1855, when he was elected to the State legislature to represent Ballard and McCracken Counties. After the expiration of his term he returned to Ballard County, resuming his practice. In 1860, he was elected to the position of commonwealth’s attorney, the duties of which office he performed with acceptance for two years, and until the fortunes of war rendered it impossible for him to discharge them longer. In 1865, he was again the choice of the people of Ballard County, to represent them in the legislature, which he continued to do for ten years. Retiring from public life in 1875, he removed to Paducah, McCracken County, and engaged in the tobacco trade. In 1882, McCracken County sent him to the legislature as its representative, and in the following year, he made the race for register of the land office in the State of Kentucky, and was defeated for the nomination by only nine votes. The successful candidate, J. G. Cecil, then tendered him the first position under himself, which Mr. Corbett accepted, and which position he is now most efficiently filling, with his home temporarily at the capital, though recognizing Paducah as his home.

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This family biography is one of 165 biographies included in the McCracken County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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